Community Health Goal: To increase central Iowa's Gallup Well-Being Index score from 61.5 (2014) to 64.5 by the year 2020.

Following extensive research and input from the community, in 2014, United Way of Central Iowa selected the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as its measure of health in central Iowa.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) is based on the World Health Organization’s definition of health as encompassing not only physical health, but also mental and social well-being.


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Health Focus Area


Health Progress


Example Health Programs

Iowa ACEs* 360 Policy Coalition unites business, education and nonprofit leaders working to raise awareness about the lifelong impacts of childhood trauma. In 2015, United Way successfully advocated for improved ACEs data collection, and in 2016, United Way is advocating for statewide children’s crisis response systems.

*Adverse Childhood Experiences

Learn More About Central Iowa ACEs


Let’s Go! 5210 is a United Way-led childhood obesity prevention program that promotes 5 fruits and vegetables daily, less than 2 hours of recreational screen time, at least 1 hour of physical activity and zero sweetened drinks.


Corporate Giving Gardens


A corporate giving garden is located on land set aside in the green space surrounding a company’s offices, where employees use volunteer time to grow fruits and vegetables that are donated to local organizations that serve food-insecure central Iowans. 

LEARN MORE about Giving Gardens